Rainstorms often lead to a spike in snake sightings as heavy rains flood their underground burrows forcing them to seek higher, drier ground. The City of Benbrook asks that you take extra precaution as we head into a potentially rainy week.
The Texas Park and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recommends that, unless there is an immediate threat to your safety, it is best to leave snakes alone. They are a natural and important part of our ecosystem. Learn more about the types of snakes living in Texas, specifically the venomous ones, by visiting tpwd.texas.gov.
What can you do to decrease snake encounters?
Snakes are often found under rocks, fallen limbs, hidden in tall, grassy areas, in areas that mice or rats might be found, or coiled up in warm tight spaces. The TPWD advises to look where you step and never reach under or into an area you cannot see fully.
In addition, keep storage areas (e.g., garage, shed) as clean and tidy as possible. Snakes can fit through even the smallest openings and can easily hide in shadowy areas such as wood and brush piles. It is recommended that, if you must have a wood or brush pile, you keep it as far away from your residence as possible.
The TPWD says that most snake bites result from people taking unnecessary or foolish risks with venomous snakes. If you are bitten by a venomous snake, it is imperative that you seek medical attention quickly.